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Boise Public Library patrons can now download magazines, stream music

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Boise Public Library patrons can now download magazines, stream music

By On Your Side Newsroom. CREATED Aug 11, 2014

Boise Public Library is offering cardholders two new digital, online services.

Patron can download complete color copies of their favorite magazines from the Library’s website – and can also stream up to three hours of music each day.

Magazines are available through the Library’s subscription to Zinio, the world’s largest online magazine subscription service. Streaming music is an enhancement to the Freegal Music service the Library introduced last fall.

“Zinio offers over 100 popular magazine titles through Boise Public Library, including Car & Driver, US Weekly, Beer Connoisseur, Cosmo, Organic Garden, The Economist, Inc., and Martha Stewart Living. Downloads are compatible with most devices, and feature intuitive navigation, keyword article search, and interactive audio and video elements. Library customers can check out as many magazines as they want at a time, for as long as they want. And, since a magazine can be checked out to an unlimited number of customers simultaneously, all titles are available immediately,” said Lindsay Zamara, Electronic Resources Librarian.

Streaming music is the latest addition to the Library’s Freegal Music service. Library customers can stream for up to three hours each day and download up to five songs each week – to keep, thanks to Freegal’s arrangements with participating labels. Freegal Music offers cardholders a choice of millions of songs and thousands of artists from the Sony music collection and other licensed labels.

Zinio and Freegal are the latest in a growing number of free Web-based resources offered by Boise Public Library.

The Library also provides access to ebooks, e-documentaries, an online language learning system, practice exams, and a wide variety of online research resources.